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Japan: Children’s Day. By: Kristina Parin & Jana Craven. Overview of Japan . Japan is made up of many islands . Living in Japan - Houses - Clothes - Food - Music. Children’s Day. Children’s Day is May 5 th .

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japan children s day

Japan:Children’s Day

By: Kristina Parin &

Jana Craven

overview of japan
Overview of Japan
  • Japan is made up of many islands.
  • Living in Japan

- Houses

- Clothes

- Food

- Music

children s day
Children’s Day
  • Children’s Day is May 5th.
  • On this day they celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of children.
history of children s day
History of Children’s Day
  • Multiple legends
    • Defeating the Mongols on May 5, 1282
    • Farmers having children protect crops
    • Parents respect the character of their children
  • Children are grateful to parents
tango no sekku
Tango no Sekku
  • May 5 was traditional Boy’s day.
  • Families with boys fly carp streamers for Children\'s Day
  • To the Japanese people, the large koi is a symbol of the courage, strength, and patience needed to accomplish big goals.
  • The top streamer is the pennant. 
  • The second streamer from the top is the black carp which represents the father of the house.  
  • The next red carp streamer represents the mother of the house. 
  • The smaller bottom streamers represent each boy in the house.
  • On Children\'s Day the children go to the shrine and the priest blesses them and wishes them health and happiness for the next year.
hina matsuri
Hina Matsuri
  • Girls have their own festival, called Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival), held on March 3rd. During the festival the girls visit all the different doll displays.
  • Girls display special dolls on stands covered with red cloth.
  • The dolls represent the members of a royal court. There can be as many as 15 dolls.
  • These specials dolls are sometimes handed down from mother to daughter.
children s day events
Children’s Day Events
  • Presentations:
  • Taiko Drummers
  • Raising of the Koi nobori (Koi Kite)
  • Japanese Story Telling
  • Traditional Japanese Dances
  • Japanese Immersion SingersActivities:
  • Origami (Paper Folding)
  • Ikebana (Flower Arranging)
  • Sumi-e brush Painting (Brush Painting)
  • Block printing
  • Koi viewing
  • Haiku Path
  • Taste of Tea for Children
  • Tours for Children
  • Doll Display
  • Children’s Olympics
children s day food
Children’s Day Food
  • Miso Soup
  • Rice Balls
  • Sweet Rice Crackers
  • Traditional sushi and sashimi